Episode 85: The Power of Play: Using Play to Break Up Your Lectures and Improve Student Learning (Part 1) with Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Lisa Forbes


In episode 85 of the Lecture Breakers podcast, Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Lisa Forbes, co-creators of Professors at Play, join us to talk about using play to create transformative learning experiences in higher education.

In this episode, we:

  • explore what play is and discuss the benefits of play to create transformative learning experiences in the college classroom.

  • examine why some people think play isn’t scholarly and why some critics question the rigor of purpose of play in higher education.

  • learn more about Lisa's findings from her latest research about the power of play in the college classroom.

  • share recommendations to address the hesitance or fear you may feel as you think about being more playful in your teaching.

This is part 1 of a 2-part episode. In part 2, we dig into specific examples of how David and Lisa integrate play into their courses which might inspire you to try integrating more playful approaches into your courses.


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